The Westland Gazelle light helicopter served the British armed forces in a wide range of roles, and continues to see limited use with the Army Air Corps and QinetiQ. The Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps all employed the Gazelle as a trainer; to the Army, it was an important anti-tank, observation and reconnaissance platform; it supported operations by Royal Marines Commandos; and the RAF even flew some as VIP transports. All of these roles are remembered by the ex-military Gazelles of a new civilian outfit, the Gazelle Squadron Display Team, based at Bourne Park in Hampshire. It has eight on strength, of which two will be appearing statically at RIAT 2014. Formation of a four-ship display team is planned for 2015. One of the Gazelle Squadron's restoration projects is being undertaken with the aid of BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association.
Photo credit: Peter March